April 25, 2015


Elyria wants to win dual team state tourney, but facing tough competition may pay off later

Elyria wrestlers will represent Lorain County on Saturday at the Division I dual team state tournament 
in Columbus. The Pioneers are the fourth seed and open the tournament against fifth-seeded Mason. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Elyria wrestling team earned a trip to the Division I dual team state tournament last week, becoming the first Pioneers boys team to compete at a state tournament since the 1992 baseball team. Now the Pioneers will try to become just the second boys team — matching the 1973 wrestlers — to win a Read More…

High school wrestling: New coach has Firelands on right path

A year ago, Firelands struggled to amass 12 points and finished dead last in the Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament. Last weekend, the Falcons put together a 117-point performance and finished as the PAC runner-up, tying Lutheran West. The biggest change in the program during that span is rookie coach Josh Malave. “When I took over, Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria becomes first school to win 3 Northeast Ohio Conference titles

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt controls Parma’s Mike Lewis en route to the Northeast Ohio Conference title at 182 pounds Saturday. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

GARFIELD HTS. — The Elyria wrestling team has become the very definition of domination this season. Just days after securing a berth in the Division I dual team state tournament, the Pioneers put on the greatest performance in the history of the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament. Elyria set records for points, finalists and champions en Read More…

Wrestling Notes: Important week ahead for Elyria with NOC Tournament, dual team state tourney

Elyria coach Erik Burnett (in hat) gathers the Pioneers on Wednesday after their two wins. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

It’s going to be a busy week for the Elyria Pioneers, who will battle for the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament championship tonight and Saturday, then have six days to prepare for the Division I dual team state tournament in Columbus. The eighth and final NOC title is expected to come down to the Pioneers and Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria dominates Lorain, downs Perrysburg to make state in dual team tournament

Elyria’s Darrion Overall gets a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first 12 seconds on the way to a pin of Lorain’s Sam Martin in 1:27 at 138 pounds on Wednesday. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

OREGON — The Elyria wrestling program is used to sending a few wrestlers to the state tournament each season, but the Pioneers will be sending their entire team to Columbus this year. Elyria scored a 64-(-2) win over Lorain in the Division I regional semifinals — Xaevier Edwards and Aaron Huff were accessed unsportsmanlike penalties Read More…

National Signing Day: Lorain’s Ohio State-bound Rashod Berry gets video tribute on big day for local athletes


Some high school athletes get their family and friends to attend their National Signing Day ceremony. Some get community members and school leaders. Some get a cake, some get a video tribute and some get a nice speech from their coach. Lorain senior Rashod Berry got it all. In one of the most elaborate signing Read More…

Wrestling Notes: Finally, it’s Elyria vs. Lorain

The top two area wrestling teams weren’t scheduled to face each other this year. Fate stepped in and Elyria and Lorain are now going to square off in the regional semifinals of the Division I dual team tournament Wednesday night at Oregon Clay High School. “It’s going to be awesome,” Pioneers coach Erik Burnett said. Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Pair of freshmen help Elyria to pair of wins in dual team tourney

Elyria’s Brendon Fenton pins Ashland’s Ben Helbert at 113 pounds Wednesday at the  dual team tournament. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — Elyria wrestling coach Erik Burnett has a simple philosophy when it comes to momentum. “I think the big thing when we talk about dual meets is there is only good momentum,” he said Wednesday. “If your teammate just won and you’re walking out there, you should feed off that if you can. Read More…

High school wrestling: Lorain makes regional semifinals in team dual tournament

Lorain’s Tyler Casey, front, battles North Ridgeville’s Liam Schill in a 106-pound match Tuesday during the regional quarterfinals of the state dual team tournament at Lorain High. Casey won by technical fall, 21-5. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — In a Division I regional bracket filled with illness and injuries, the Lorain Titans were able to put the healthiest lineup together and win two matches to advance to the regional semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association dual team tournament. Senior Aaron Neal, junior Devione Edwards and freshman Khalil Brown were Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria brings home Bill Dies Tournament title

Elyria heavyweight Kevin Vough tries to pin Bloom Carroll’s Jacob Packwood on Saturday in the quarters. Vough won the championship. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Elyria knew it had a formidable wrestling lineup and knew it had been a long while since the Pioneers won a regular-season tournament. In fact, Elyria’s last non-conference tournament victory came in 2003 at the Coshocton Holiday Tournament. Led by sophomore heavyweight Kevin Vough’s dominant performance — not to mention nine other placers Read More…